Nuclear Security Summits

The third Nuclear Security Summit was hosted by the Netherlands in The Hague from March 24-25, 2014. Fifty-three countries and four international organizations were invited. During the Summit, 58 world leaders made concrete agreements to prevent terrorists from getting their hands on nuclear material that could be used to make a nuclear weapon.

The Hague Summit built on the impressive track record of the previous two Summits, and focused on the key issues of strengthening the global nuclear security architecture, elevating the importance of cooperation between governments and nuclear industry, and maintaining the high level of achievement on Summit commitments. At the Summit, the international community reviewed the progress made since the 2012 Summit, focused attention on objectives enunciated in the Seoul Communiqué and Washington Work Plan that have not yet been met, and developed a clear way ahead to translate them from ambition to action. More»

The official Nuclear Security Summit page can be found here.

2014 NPT Preparatory Committee

The Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons allows for the Parties to gather every five years to review its operation. At the 1995 Review and Extension Conference, the Parties extended the Treaty indefinitely and formalized the practice of convening a Review Conference every five years, as well as holding Preparatory Committee meetings in each of the three years preceding a RevCon. The 2014 Preparatory Committee meetings for the 2015 NPT Review Conference will take place at the United Nations headquarters in New York from April 28-May 9 under the Non-Aligned Movement Chairmanship of Peruvian Ambassador Enrique Román-Morey. This will be the third meeting of the review cycle that will culminate in the 2015 NPT Review Conference.

Contact Us: The Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Nonproliferation and the Office of Multilateral Nuclear and Security Affairs lead U.S. efforts in support of the NPT. Questions and media inquiries should be directed to Sandra Postell at Postellsr@state.gov.

Supporting Syrian Chemical Weapons Elimination Date: 09/14/2013 Description: Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Countryman in Geneva. - State Dept Image

The Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation works closely with other U.S. agencies and the international community to support the United Nations and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to eliminate chemical weapons from Syria. International inspectors verified the functional disablement of Syria’s declared chemical weapons production, mixing, and filling capabilities as of November 2013. The removal of the highest priority chemicals from Syria began Jan. 7, 2014, and the process is ongoing. The highest priority materials will be neutralized aboard a U.S. vessel, the MV Cape Ray, in international waters.

ISN Bureau financial assistance to Syrian chemical weapons elimination efforts to date totals nearly $6 million from the Nonproliferation and Disarmament Fund for financial and in-kind contributions to the UN and OPCW. This assistance includes a $2 million financial contribution to the OPCW trust fund to support the inspection and verification of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile and production equipment; as well as another $2 million contribution to the trust fund to implement UN Security Council Resolution 2118. In-kind assistance includes $1.55 million for 10 armored vehicles provided to the UN. The NDF is also providing about $300,000 for equipment to the OPCW, such as protective gear and medication to counteract exposure to chemical weapons, as well as training to aid OPCW work. More»

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